Sticking to a daily skin care regimen not only cleanses your skin and prevents breakouts, but can also postpone signs of aging. While your morning and bedtime routines set the stage for happy and healthy skin, carrying a few skin care essentials with you throughout the day offers even more protection against the elements. Below, Dr. David Magilke, a leading Portland plastic surgeon, discusses which everyday skin care essentials you should carry in your purse.

Environmental Factors

Whether you spend most of your time in a bustling metropolis or off the beaten path, your skin comes into regular contact with the elements. People who live or work in urban areas are exposed to car exhaust and pollutants, while those outside city limits still need to protect their skin from the sun. Here are a few great items to have on hand for healthy skin:

  • Sunscreen – It’s important to protect your skin from harmful UVA rays. Always carry a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30 for touch-ups throughout the day.
  • Sunglasses – A combination of sunscreen and sunglasses is the best way to protect the delicate and sensitive skin that surrounds the eyes.
  • Lip balm –Obagi, Epionce and Colorescience all have anti-aging, sun protection lip balm in their topical skin care lines.
  • Hand and body lotion – Keeping your hands, neck and chest moisturized throughout the day will help slow down the aging process.

Finding the Right Products

With all the products available on the market, finding the best brand for your skin can feel overwhelming. Only a medical professional can prescribe pharmaceutical-grade products, like those found in the Obagi, Epionce and Colorescience lines. These high-quality skincare products protect against UVA rays, in turn helping to prevent sunspots and slowing down the effects of aging. Your doctor can take the guesswork out of building your skincare regimen and work with you to determine which products are best for your skin type.

Apply Throughout the Day

Staying hydrated, applying moisturizer and wearing sunscreen throughout the day will help give you healthy skin and slow down the effects of aging. The more time you spend outside, the more frequently you should apply moisturizing and UVA-blocking products to minimize sun exposure. By carrying a few essential skincare items in your purse every day, you will keep your skin happy and be able to look and feel your best.

A trusted facial plastic surgeon can help you find the products that work best for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. David Magilke, call Portland Face Doctor at (503) 297-6511.